October 08, 2010 11:00 AM by Allyson Wells
Sony Music has announced that American Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze will release his debut album, Live it Up, on November 16.Â Lee DeWyze’s first single, also titled Live it up, will debut on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on October 13.
Says DeWyze, “Putting out an album on a major label is truly a dream come true.Â I’m excited for all the people who supported me throughout Idol to hear what I can do with my own songs.Â The album shows a whole different side of me and I’m so proud of it.”
On his season of American Idol, Lee DeWyzeÂ was the only male contestant never to land in the competition’s bottom three contestants.Â While working with other collaborators, DeWyze says that he co=wrote most of the songs on his new album, which he recorded while on the road over the summer during the American Idols Live Tour.Â DeWyze said of the experience, “To see my name listed in the credits on each song was really important to me because I’m a songwriter.Â I also loved working with such talented writers.Â They all brought so much to the table and really helped me flesh out my sound.”
The record label reports that the new album is a blend of rootsy pop, rock and folk, anchored by DeWyze’s soulful rough0edge voice and bright-sounding acoustic guitar.Â â€œI grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas & the Papas, Cat Stevens, and Kris Kristofferson,â€ DeWyze says. â€œI love hard-edged vocals over pretty melodies â€” thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m about. I really admire guys like Dave Matthews and Ray LaMontagne, and to now be on the same record label as them â€” it just blows my mind.”
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